Memphis, the Tennessee’s largest and second most popular city located along Mississippi River. It is the pilgrimage of music legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Otis Redding.
Here are some recommended destinations you should visit in Memphis:
Civil Rights trail
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Civil Rights leader from 1955, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was giving a speech on the balcony of Memphis’s Lorraine Motel on 4 April 1968 when he was fatally shot by a single bullet.
National Civil Rights Museum
Today, Lorraine Motel has been transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum. Entry is $16 (£12).
Formerly the second Presbyterian Church, the hub for the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike. The “I AM A MAN” sign, created by pastors, become a universal symbol for human rights and human dignity.
Dr. Ernest C. Withers’ last working studio named in his honor in 1995 is located at 333 Beale Street. If you love music, history, and Memphis, a visit to The Withers Collection is a must!
Home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and soon relocated to Memphis with his family. He started his career in 1954 under Sun Records.
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It is the most famous home in America after The White House. Presley Motors Automobile Museum displays his favorite cars that includes his famed pink Cadillac, a 1975 Dino Ferrari. Adult tours start from $41 (£31).
Elvis’ first-ever rock and roll performance stage.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music in “Soulsville”
Replica of the former Stax recording studio, home of revered soul artists such as Otis Redding and Carla Thomas.
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Known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll”. It is the discovery location of musical legends and genres of the 50’s from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. The studio is open for 45-minute guided tours every day from 10am to 6pm. The tour is $15 for adults, $13 for students and free to kids ages 5-11.
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Beale Street was built on memories – good and bad. Beale Street’s has a lot to offer from nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops to hot music thrived.
The Old Dominick Distillery
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The homage to the fine whiskeys of old. Old Dominick host the new Spirits & Soul Festival every April.
South Main Trolley Night
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On every last Friday night of the month, there’s a tradition for Memphis that restaurants, shops and galleries stay open after hours, and listen to live good music.
Art Village Gallery
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A contemporary fine art gallery dedicated to promoting and supporting emerging and established international artists with a focus on Africa and its Diaspora.
Primas Backery + Boutique
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A space for shopping of sweet treats and offers unique boutique finds.
South Main Market
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Memphis’ first official food hall. The market offers different cuisines from fresh baked goods and free trade coffee, to gourmet bites, charcuterie, asian dishes, fresh salads and even craft beers and cocktails
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